The freshwater algae culture collection at the Institute of Hydrobiology (FACHB): algal resources for fundamental and applied research
Song, Lirong; Zhang, Qi; Zheng, Lingling; Liu, Guoxiang; Zhang, Xiaoming; Zhao, Jindong
The Freshwater Algae Culture Collection at the Institute of Hydrobiology, (FACHB) is the main algal culture collection in China, which primarily maintains freshwater species and in addition a small number of marine and brackish strains/ species (Chinese webpage, http://algae.ihb.ac.cn/; English webpage, http://algae.ihb.ac.cn/English/). To date, the FACHB currently holds more than 1400 strains, belonging to over 150 genera and 8 phyla. In China, freshwater algal resource-related research and application have gradually expanded stimulated by local, regional and international interest. In an era of ever-increasing demand, for high-valued living algal strains, expertise on algal cultivation and related knowledge, from both the academic research community and industry, in particularly, algal bio-diesel exploration, algal culture collections are playing active roles in the exploitation of utility of algae as a resource. The FACHB is currently undertaking a capacity building exercise focusing on the isolation and selection of wide range of algae representing diverse types and functions.